All-new Hyundai Verna sedan: What the Honda City challenger could look like

The all-new Hyundai Verna sedan will make its debut in India during 2023, and test mules have already been spotted on Indian roads. The C-Segment sedan will take on the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Virtus and the Skoda Slavia in a steadily shrinking sedan space in the country. Here are a couple of renders that show what the all-new 2023 Hyundai Verna sedan could look like.

All-new Hyundai Verna sedan: What the Honda City challenger could look like

As the renders indicate, the 2023 Hyundai Verna could grow in size but retain its svelte, low slung stance – quite typical of sedans. While Volkswagen and Skoda have raised the Virtus and Skoda to handle bad roads more effectively, both cars look as though they’re riding on stilts, and that’s quite un-sedan like. In contrast, the all-new Honda City is stanced like a proper sedan and the same is likely to be the case with the all-new Verna, whose spyshots also indicate this.

Last diesel C-Segment sedan in India…

The all-new Verna will be the last-man-standing in the diesel sedan category as Honda is set to discontinue the 1.5 liter diesel trims of the City sedan. Already, Maruti Suzuki, Volkswagen and Skoda have steered clear off diesels, and don’t offer diesel options on the Ciaz, Virtus and Slavia respectively. With Honda set to cull the 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel engine as the stricter Real Time Driving Emissions (RDE) come into place next year, the next-gen Verna will be the only diesel sedan in the C-Segment category.

Which engine will the 2023 Hyundai Verna Diesel use?

All-new Hyundai Verna sedan: What the Honda City challenger could look like

The 1.5 liter-4 cylinder CRDI turbo diesel engine (115 Bhp-250 Nm) on the current Verna will be carried over to the next-generation model but with specific changes that’ll help it meet the tighter emission norms. Apart from the Verna, this diesel engine’s RDE compliant version will be offered on cars such as the Hyundai Creta, Venue, Kia Seltos and Sonet. The existing transmission options – 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic – will also be carried over.

What else is new?

Apart from the diesel engine, other key highlights on the all-new 2023 Hyundai Verna will be the ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) technology that will make the sedan more safer, a powerful 1.4 liter-4 cylinder turbo petrol engine borrowed from the Creta compact SUV and completely revamped design, inside-out. We expect Hyundai to showcase the all-new Verna at the 2023 Indian Auto Expo, followed by the official launch later next year.

The Hyundai Verna – across generations – has been a hot seller for the South Korean automaker. Usually, the Hyundai Verna takes the crown for the most powerful sedan in its segment but has now been eclipsed by the powerful new Volkswagen Virtus and Skoda Slavia sedans, both of which use a 1.5 liter turbo petrol engine. The 2023 Verna – by borrowing the 1.4 liter turbo petrol engine from the Creta – will be a solid rival to the Virtus-Slavia as the turbo petrol engine makes about 140 Bhp-242 Nm. This engine also has a quick automatic gearbox in the form of a 7 speed dual clutch (DCT) unit. It’s game-on.